Salesforce Developer

Prepare to certify as a Salesforce Platform Developer and bring custom cloud-based solutions to the world.
Salesforce Developer
At your pace
~ 12 months
Job guarantee
in 6 months
Bachelor's-level diploma
12 hands-on projects

OpenClassrooms and Salesforce have partnered to offer training for a career in Salesforce development.

OpenClassrooms is a global online education-to-employment platform, designed to teach the skills needed for the most in-demand jobs. Our Salesforce developer training is a one-year bachelor-level diploma in web development, which you can complete entirely online with the support of a dedicated mentor. 

the Salesforce logo
Our partner, Salesforce

What is Salesforce?

Salesforce is a cloud-based software company whose main product is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. You can become a Salesforce Developer and work as a freelancer or employee with one of the more than 150,000 companies around the world that use Salesforce software, or you could become employed directly by Salesforce, named by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 10 companies to work for in the world. 

In fact, there is a vast and growing need for developers who work on the Salesforce platform. Becoming a Salesforce-certified developer puts you high in-demand.

Salesforce certification

At OpenClassrooms, all of our training courses are designed to get you into the job market. But our Salesforce Developer training is unique because we've designed it in partnership with Salesforce to prepare you to pass the official Salesforce examination required of developers who want to work on Salesforce software: The Salesforce Platform Developer I Certification.

What if I decide later that I want to be a different type of developer? 

That's a big advantage of training to become a Salesforce Developer with OpenClassrooms: you'll gain the skills and build a professional portfolio required of all entry-level web developers, in addition to the skills specific to a career as a Salesforce Developer. You'll get experience with front-end projects using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Lightning, as well as back-end projects using Java and Apex. And at every step of the way, you'll learn to apply your new skills to Salesforce.

What will I do as a Salesforce Developer?

A Salesforce Developer specializes in using the Lightning and Apex programming languages to design and implement solutions within the context of the Salesforce platform. A Salesforce Developer may be in charge of:

  • creating customized applications and improving existing ones
  • designing technical architecture and building or optimizing a database
  • analyzing customer needs and advocating for suitable technical solutions
  • writing technical and functional documentation 
  • automating business tasks
  • keeping up with changes in Salesforce tools and software products

How much will I earn?

Working as a Salesforce Developer can be a lucrative career with many prospects opening up as you continue to rack up valuable experience. Here is what you can expect to earn:

  • Average in the US: $125,000
  • Average in the UK: £60,000

What are my job prospects?

This path can prepare you for the following jobs:

  • Salesforce Developer
  • Salesforce CRM Developer
  • Salesforce Administrator
  • Java Developer
  • Back-end Developer

After a few years of experience, you can advance from a regular developer position to that of lead developer, architect, chief technical officer, or consultant - increasing your earning power along the way.

Who is eligible to enroll?

The following prerequisites are expected:

  • A high school diploma / GCSE level
  • A good level of English (for non-native speakers, a CEFR level of B2, an IELTS band score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 80 is recommended) 
  • Access to a computer (PC or Mac), headphones, a webcam
  • Internet access

What will I learn?

  1. The skills of a Salesforce Administrator:
    • Stay up to date with Salesforce innovations
    • Use a CRM system to improve business efficiency
    • Propose solutions adapted to Salesforce customer needs
  2. The skills of a web developer:
    • Build applications using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Java
    • Apply testing and debugging practices
    • Ensure the security of a web application
  3. The skills specific to a Salesforce Developer:
    • Problem-solve on the code-level of Salesforce software
    • Build and adapt apps on the Salesforce platform using Lightning and Apex
    • Deploy applications with Heroku
      ...and more!

How will I learn at OpenClassrooms?

Our educational method is unique. Learning is conducted fully online through a mix of videos, online reading, and projects a student would realistically face in a future role. OpenClassrooms embraces professional development.

Students that sign up for a diploma program are paired with experienced professionals in their field that serve as a dedicated mentor.


At OpenClassrooms, learning is project-driven because that’s the fastest way to become operational. Projects offer hands-on experience so you can hit the ground running when you start your new job.  


During your path, you will be assigned a mentor who will offer one-to-one support via weekly video conference sessions. This mentor will offer guidance on your projects, help define objectives and guide you until you reach the end of your program. Our mentors are dedicated professionals who are experts in their field and have experience in sharing their know-how with our students.

OpenClassrooms courses

At OpenClassrooms, courses are an optional resource to support you as you progress along the path of projects. The courses are created in collaboration with experts in the field and will train you for the skills needed to complete the projects.

Trailhead modules

Trailhead, the learning platform created by Salesforce, provides the resources you'll need to learn the skills specific to working as a developer with Salesforce software. You'll find a list of recommended Trailhead modules for most of the projects on the path. You'll find this courses in the "Ressources" section of each project. These, in addition to the recommended OpenClassrooms courses, will train you for completing the projects. 

the Trailhead logo
Trailhead, Salesforce's learning platform

Your diploma

OpenClassrooms is an official private distance learning establishment registered with the Board of Education in Paris, France that grants its own diplomas as well as those of prestigious academic partners.

Upon completion of your studies and validation of your skills by an academic jury, you will earn a "Web developer (Développeur(euse) d’application)" bachelor's-level diploma, registered with the National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP)*.
This diploma is at level 6 on the EQF (European Qualifications Framework).

If you have questions about its equivalence in order to undertake further study, contact your university or master's program.

* Sheet available at the following address:

Your Job Guarantee

At OpenClassrooms we are committed to helping you find your ideal job. We promise.

By following the learning path "Salesforce Developer", you’ll learn an exciting new profession with great career prospects.

What’s more, you’ll find a job within six months of graduating or we’ll give you your money back!

Find out more

Detailed projects and skills

project 1

Spend a day in the life of a Salesforce Consultant

Learn about the professionals who bring Salesforce solutions to the world: Salesforce Consultants! Explore the Salesforce platform and plan out your learning path.
Duration20 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Describe a CRM system and its components
  • Describe the role of a Salesforce professional
  • Identify tools and resources for staying up to date with technology
  • Identify the features of the Salesforce platform
  • Create a plan for completing your learning path
  • Set up a system for staying up to date with Salesforce innovations
project 2

Improve the Salesforce Solution for 'Digit Learning'

Take on the role of consultant. Analyze the performance of an existing Salesforce solution and improve. No coding required!
Duration50 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Update a Lightning GUI
  • Use an automation tool to improve a business process
  • Use CRM to improve business efficiency
  • Update existing configurations
  • Audit existing configurations
project 3

Create a Salesforce Solution for 'Tours for life'

Help a small family business build and track a loyal customer base with Salesforce! Propose a technical solution adapted to their needs. No coding required!
Duration70 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Define a data model and its business rules
  • Formalize a solution and its specifications to meet a client's requirements
  • Analyze a client's requirements
  • Choose an appropriate solution for a technical problem
project 4

Come to the rescue of a Java web application

You're the last line of defense and you've been brought in to finish up what another developer has started. Ready to go on the hunt for some bugs and get the green light on those tests? Let's dive in!
Duration55 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Fix an application according to a test execution report
  • Produce a JUnit test execution report
project 5

Test the implementation of a new functionality

If you want to implement a new functionality in your application, you've got to write your tests along with your code. Your job is to get it right, so you can release your app on a Friday and still have a nice weekend.
Duration60 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Implement integration tests for a new functionality in a Java application
  • Implement Unit Tests for a new functionality in a Java application
project 6

Create a user interface for your app

Deliver an optimal user experience by building the interface of your application with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
Duration95 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Respect best practices in using HTML and CSS
  • Update the DOM using JavaScript
  • Create a front-end interface for an application
  • Ensure the graphical consistency of a web site
project 7

Migrate a Visualforce project to Lightning

Use the Visualforce web development framework to create modern user interfaces hosted on the Lightning Platform.
Duration90 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Integrate wireframes into a design process
  • Write technical and functional documentation for an application
project 8

Create a Lightning application

Your company needs your new Lightning skills! Build your first Lightning application while diving into Apex programming.
Duration90 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Complete a unit and integration test suite
  • Define a backlog
  • Set up a backlog
  • Work in sprints
project 9

Optimize an Apex back end

Put your new Apex skills to use by adapting an existing Salesforce application to a client's needs.
Duration40 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Implement improvements requested by a client
  • Optimize a back-end resource usage
project 10

Design an Apex back end prototype

You're ready to take your skills as a developer to the next level: design the data model and technical architecture of a Salesforce application and secure it against potential data breach.
Duration30 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Define the security model of an Apex application
  • Design the data model of an Apex application
  • Design the technical architecture of an Apex application
  • Implement the data model of an Apex application
project 11

Create an Apex back end

Ready to turn ideas into reality? The system architect has done the design work, but it's up to you to implement the app per Salesforce industry standards.
Duration60 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Select a suitable implementation approach for the development of an application
  • Develop an Apex back end
  • Respect the Salesforce industry standard practices
project 12

Deploy your Salesforce app with Heroku

As your company grows, the applications you rely on will need to share data across the globe. Add a whole new dimension to your software by interacting with web services!
Duration90 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Deploy a Salesforce application with Heroku
  • Integrate an external application with Salesforce
Web developer (Développeur(euse) d’application)

Start toward the career of your dreams

At your own pace

$400 per month

Your perks:
  • Six-month job guarantee

  • bachelor's-level diploma

  • Flexible duration

  • Individual mentorship

  • 12 hands-on projects

Start nowNon-binding subscription

We are here to help

Schedule a call